Sessional Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development Written Submissions Received Volume 2 Issues associated with the progressive entry into the Northern Territory of Cane Toads October 2003
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Written Submissions Parks & Wildlife Commission NT Volume 2 Cane Toad Inquiry Report 1 SUBMISSION NO. 1A Department of Infrastructure Planning and Environment, Parks and Wildlife Commission of the Northern Territory Dr David Lawson, Director and Dr John Woinarski, Bioregional Assessment Unit Transcript of Proceedings Accepted as Written Submission 15 April 2003 14:14:20 Madam CHAIR: All right, members of the committee, wed like to thank Dr Dave Lawson and Dr John Woinarski for coming along today and discussing the incursion of cane toads into the Territory. Specifically as you know, our committee as you know, our committee is being tasked by the Northern Territory Government to look at, identify the problem and risks associated with the cane toads, to look at the potential extent and effects cane toads have or will have in the NT, to consider the cultural, socio-economic and other factors associated with the encroachment, identify current level of understanding and assess any need for public education and awareness programs, and then, apply ways to manage the environmental impact and discuss any community concerns and expectations in respect to the progressive entry. And its our pleasure to have you here with us today, were a friendly and frank committee, so youll have plenty of opportunity to say what information you think would useful to us but youll also find that very quickly we dont want to start asking questions Madam CHAIR: All right, so Dave, do you want to kick off for us? Dr LAWSON: Right, first of all, this is one of the first one of these Ive ever been to so, theres a lot of interest in my department with what actually goes on with this and I think you might like to know as a general feeling of, this is a good idea and its about time we did something like this, so congratulations on whoever thought of it. As far as the cane toads are concerned, we brought as you can see, quite a lot of information with us and I asked John if he could supply me with some additional information because John is in charge of the bio-diversity group which looks at all the bio-surveys in the Northern Territory and Im delighted to say that he volunteered to come along, I didnt actually have to push him at all, he actually volunteered. Dr WOINARSKI: Keen as mustard. Dr LAWSON: The way we would respond to this I think is to, Ill deal with the issues of perhaps the hands on wildlife management issues and John can ask the questions about the biology and the surveys and the bio-surveys that have gone on as baseline information that weve got already.
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